Mary Martinasek, Ph.D.

Mary Martinasek, Ph.D.

University of Tampa

Environmental Effects of Hookah Smoking

Hookah smoking has become a popular form of social smoking. Because of fruit flavored tobacco, it is commonly believed that hookah is a safe alternative to cigarette smoking. However, a 45-minute session of hookah is equivalent to the nicotine in 10 cigarettes. This study will examine levels of particulate matter and carbon monoxide of patrons pre- and post-hookah bar visits with the intent to strengthen policies related to age, regulation and advertising.

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